Updated: Jun 18, 2022
Today, April 1st, is celebrated as April Fools Day. It is an annual custom on April 1st consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes. Jokesters often expose their actions by shouting "April Fools!" at the recipient. Media can be involved in these pranks, which may be revealed as such the following day. The origin of this day is contested. There are disputations surrounding Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1392). In 1508, French poet Eloy d'Amerval referred to a poisson d'avril (April fool, literally "April's fish"). There are other suggested origins.
I suggest that every day is “April fools day” for the fool, bearing in mind nowhere in scripture is a fool actually saved, actually born again. “The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness:” (Ecc 2:14).
Consider some of the ways God’s Word exposes the fool.
The slandering fool. “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” (Pr 10:18). The “foolishness of fools is folly.” (Pr 14:24b).
The blaspheming fool. “Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.” (Ps 74:18). Blaspheming includes “OMG.” “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Ex 20:7).
The one that doesn’t study the Bible—the truth and remains unrepentant, fool. “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” (Pr 1:22).
The unwise fool. “A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.” (Ps 92:6). “Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?” (Ps 94:8). “O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.” (Pr 8:5). “The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.” (Pr 10:21).
The heart-following fool. “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” (Pr 28:26). “A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.” (Pr 18:2).
The hater of Biblical reproof, correction and instruction, fool. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Pr 1:7). “A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.” (Pr 15:5). “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” (Pr 12:15). “A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.” (Pr 17:10). “Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.” (Pr 23:9). “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.” (Ecc 7:5).
The clamorous simple-woman, fool. “A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” (Pr 9:13; 14:1).
The afflicted (depressed, mental illness) fool. “Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.”(Ps 107:17). True conversion through true repentance and faith will cleanse from all sin and affliction, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Pet 2:24).
The non-God fearing fool. “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil [such as worldliness, ungodly music including CCM, Neo-evangelicalism, false teachings, etc]: but the fool rageth, and is confident.” (Pr 14:16).
The false professing “Christian” fool. “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” (Pr 26:11). Matt 25:1-13 gives an example of false professing “Christian” fools, who are with the Spirit of God and under deception.
The neo-evangelical fool. “They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. . . . And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” (Matt 25:3, 8-12).
The pleasure-loving fool. “The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” (Ecc 7:4).
The proud fool. “In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.” (Pr 14:3).
The God-rejecting fool. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Ps 14:1).
There are more but we’ll leave it at that.
Even “April fools day” may expose the fool. “It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.” (Pr 10:23).
Will ye covet after wealth, for naught? “For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.” (Ps 49:10). The latter will perish “as a fool dieth” (2 Sam 3:33).
The saved will separate themselves from the fool, which includes the massive amounts of false professing “Christian” fools:
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” (Pr 13:20).
Are you a fool?
“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.” (Pr 26:3).
And then we read Pr 27:22,
“Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.”
Thankfully the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ can permanently deliver you from your folly: How the Gospel Makes the Fool, Wise